COST - European Cooperation in Science and Technology


When issuing the current message on the promotion of education, research and innovation 2017-2020, the Swiss government entrusted the SNSF with the operational management of COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology).

The SNSF is responsible for all COST-related matters since 1 January 2017.

The minimum number of countries included in the network has increased to seven COST Full or Cooperating Members. Out of these seven, a minimum of three must be Inclusiveness Target Countries. For more details, please refer to the annex of the updated Submission, Evaluation, Selection and Approval (SESA) guidelines

COST is an intergovernmental and pan-European framework supporting trans-nationalcooperation among researchrs, enegineers and scholars across Europe.

COST is supported by the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020. Switzerland is one of the founding members of COST. COST Actions are bottom-up science and technology networks. They consist in a range of networking tools, such as workshops, conferences, training schools, short-term scientific missions (STSMs), and dissemination activities. An Action implies a minimum participation of five COST member countries, Switzerland being one of them. COST Actions are frequently the precursors for successful projects in the EU Framework Programme. They can also foster synergies with and between EU-funded research projects. Researchers can continuously submit proposals for a new Action on the e-COST Portal through an open call. They can also join an existing COST Action: to this aim, they must contact the Swiss COST National Coordinator from the State Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) (see contact section on the right).

Project budget

The funding is provided via a yearly grant agreement. The average COST Action budget depends on the number of participating COST countries. Average support is 130.000 EUR per annum, based on a typical participation of 22 COST countries. Funding covers the costs of the above-mentioned networking tools. Note that the COST Association does not fund research itself.

COST Actions in Switzerland

Switzerland is a full member with all rights and duties of the intergovernmental initiative COST as well as of the COST Association. The SNSF is responsible for the national scientific and administrative management of COST. SNSF decides upon the participation of Switzerland to new Actions and makes Swiss COST credits available for funding coordination costs. They may partially support research costs related to a COST Action.